437
gun deaths in Minnesota, including
44
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
15%
Homicides comprised 15% of gun deaths
81%
Suicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
93%
of gun death victims were male
8th
lowest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

More than 400 Minnesotans died by gun violence in 2018, an average of one person every day. Suicides were 81% of the gun deaths and homicides were 15%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 4.43 to 6.83
  • 6.84 to 9.24
  • 9.25 to 11.65
  • 11.66 to 13.88
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Minnesota, Otter Tail County had the highest gun death rate, followed by Itasca County and Cass County.

Conversely, Rice County had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Washington County and Clay County.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

66
firearm homicides in 2018, including
16
children and teens
3rd
lowest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

15% of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

More than half of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

356
firearm suicides in 2018, including
25
children and teens
11th
lowest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

The majority of gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly half of all suicides were by firearm in 2018.

RESOURCES

Additional Information

Notes

  • All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with different age distributions.
  • All data is from 2018, the most recent year of data available, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated September 2020